We’ve been enjoying another good couple of months here in Costa Rica and as we come towards the end of the year and as our final studies are upon us, we’ve been looking back and giving thanks to God for all that we’ve been able to do this year. We were so grateful to be able to raise the funds necessary to come out here and that we got to see friends and family before we flew out in April. We are thankful for our amazing teachers and classmates who have helped us so much in our Spanish learning and are also thankful that the children have settled well at their school on the same site. As we wrote last time, we had a difficult week back in August when we had our laptop and passports stolen before poor Chloe broke her leg in a playground a few days later. However, we are pleased to report that Chloe is now out of plaster and has been active with walking and swimming and just in the last week she has been running and skipping too! Our laptop and passports have now been successfully replaced for which we are also very grateful.
Both of the children have been improving in their Spanish and Chloe has been enjoying learning the piano whilst Josh continues to do weekly football and taekwondo classes. Helen has continued to play football with a group of muchachas (ladies) from church and has just finished teaching a programme of English classes to beginners. Rob has continued to enjoy his Costa Rican athletics club and did his first half-marathon in 20 years last month.
Delivering a school assembly in Spanish about the work that EMI does.
Whilst we continue to pray for the complicated political situation in Nicaragua we’re glad to report that there was no violence in the wake of the elections in early November and that the Covid situation in the country would appear to have improved considerably as well.
First EMI project Trip
Our moving date to Nicaragua is now booked for 2nd February. This is a month later than originally planned as Rob has his first EMI project trip at the end of January which happens to be located in northern Costa Rica, so rather than leaving then returning we’re all going to stay here in Costa Rica whilst Rob assists with the project.
The project is to provide a masterplan and concept design for a 94-acre site in Guanacaste where a ministry called Árbol de Vida is planning to build a new ministry centre. The ministry centre will provide training for pastors and a retreat centre for married couples. Future phases will provide facilities for an addiction rehabilitation centre and a refuge for abuse and human trafficking victims. It’s an inspiring ministry to be working with and a real honour to be able to use the skills of EMI to assist Árbol de Vida in delivering their vision. Rob will be shadowing the project trip leader, Dan, as part of his training and preparation for leading other project trips in the future.
After all the time we have spent preparing, training and studying, it is very exciting to finally start the work that has brought us to Latin America!
For those who pray, we would value you holding these things in prayer.
Give thanks for...
The fact that we have learnt lots of Spanish
Chloe’s recovery from her broken leg
The replacement of our stolen laptops and passports
The generous one-off donations and new monthly financial supporters we have received.
Please pray for...
Our final exams and finishing our studies well
Rob’s parents' and sister's upcoming visit - that all would remain healthy and have safe travels
The Arbol de Vida EMI project in northern Costa Rica in January
The funds to meet our remaining funding gap (about £200/month)
We’re so grateful to all the many family, friends and churches who have supported us so generously this year through one off donations, monthly support and prayer. We’ve been really encouraged by a number of new donations and monthly supporters in the last month to help fill our current funding gap. We’re still looking to raise a further £200/month, if you’d like to partner with us in supporting the work of EMI on a monthly basis please do get in touch or go here to donate.
Wishing you all a very Feliz Navidad and a Próspero Año Nuevo!